Fabian Huebner wrote to me the other day to inform me that he had started a Kickstarter project to help fund the rest of his film Fonotune. He told me that he was doing this in order to retain artistic freedom and control over the project. The bulk of the film is complete but more money is needed to add some important desert scenes and to finish the principal shooting.
There are some great rewards on offer such as soundtracks, comics, posters, art books etc. with pledges starting at $5. I have finally finished my set of paper toys and these are also available as part of one of the reward packs.
Please had over to the Kickstarter page and help fund this amazing film.
There is also a Facebook page dedicated to the project.
Tags: Fonotune, Friends, Movies, Papercraft
Last year I was invited by German designer Fabian Huebner of Fint design to provide work for 2 very exciting projects. The first was to create a cover illustration and some logos for a new comic anthology that he is working on called Jet Plastic.
I have included my logo and a preview of the illustration here, but please head over to the site for more details on the project as well as a look at the other fantastic artists involved.
The second project was to provide some paper toys to promote Fabian’s feature film Fonotune.
Though it is taking me a long time, eventually there will be a toy for each of the 3 main characters in the film.
Last month an exhibition event was held in Berlin to promote the film called Fntnism and samples of my first toy were handed out to visitors. Fabian kindly sent me a pack of goodies from the event and again you can get a sneak peek of my work in the image below.
Tags: Exhibitions, Fonotune, Friends, Illustration, Jet Plastic, Papercraft
Time for a long overdue update.
Here is the colour version of my illustration Sharktopus.
I made this for my buddy Chris Rauen who I mentioned in a previous post.
Chris actually runs a business called 701 Industries that makes parts for jet skis, which will hopefully help make sense of my illustration.
Check out their Facebook page here.
I also did some logo work for 701 that can be seen on a lot of their products:
Tags: 701 Industries, Friends, Illustration
Totally after the fact as usual but I am incredibly pleased to announce that the Shove It! Kickstarter was a success and we ended up with 45% over the target fund raising amount. This means that the exhibition will go ahead as planned in June. Many thanks to Baykiddead and all involved for their hard work.
I myself made a small contribution to get hold of an awesome commemorative t-shirt designed by British illustrator Uberkraaft featuring the following image:
Here also is a full reveal of my design. I have ordered a few decks for myself and can’t wait to see how the real thing looks.
As for the paper toy you will have to wait for the exhibition.
Tags: Exhibitions, Friends, Illustration, Shove It!
A Kickstarter program has now been started by Baykiddead to help cover the costs of putting on the Shove It! exhibition that I introduced in my last post.
However they are not simply asking for donations – with Kickstarter rewards are offered depending on how much you contribute. For example if you pledge $75 then you can receive one of the decks from the exhibition. This time the pledge range is from between $5 and $10000. The project must reach its target of $6250 by April 3rd or all pledges will be lost.
Below is an updated selection of decks designs that have been submitted so far and also a widget displaying the current status of the campaign.
Every little helps so please contribute if you can. It’s a chance to help a great project and get hold of some amazing artwork.
Tags: Exhibitions, Friends, Illustration, Papercraft, Shove It!
A little while back paper pal Baykiddead invited me to take part in a very exciting project.
He told me that he was gathering artists for a group exhibition entitled Shove It! to raise money to build America’s largest free outdoor skatepark in downtown Des Moines (Iowa).
My job was to design a skateboard deck and accompanying paper toy.
The deck proved to be a big challenge as it a unique size and shape to work with and it took me a lot longer than I expected. Thankfully I just managed to finish my pieces before the deadline.
Baykiddead just revealed a preview of the first 5 designs, which can be seen above.
My design is titled “False Idol” and is my usual occult demon face affair.
Shove It! will take place from June 7th at the Polk County Heritage Gallery in Des Moines.
All the details including the artist line-up etc. can be found by clicking here.
There is also a Shove It! Facebook page.
I am extremely grateful for this amazing opportunity and hope that my contribution will go some way to helping realize this very worthwhile project.
Shove It!はデモインのPolk County Heritage Galleryで6月7日から開催される予定。参加アーティストなどの詳しい情報はこちら。専用Facebookページもあります。
Tags: Exhibitions, Friends, Illustration, Papercraft, Shove It!
These have been a long time in the pipeline, but I am proud to announce the release of my latest series of paper toys.
A while back I was commissioned by Glen Caskie of Obscure Clothing in the UK to produce some promotional toys for him. Obscure’s designs mainly focus on metal and horror themes and so I came up with this set of obscure-looking monsters.
I decided to go all out with these and can safely say that they are my most detailed pieces to date.
Many thanks to Glen for giving me this opportunity and I am so glad we can now share these designs with everyone.
The toys are available to purchase (as a download) direct from Obscure’s webshop.
99p each or £3 for the whole set – bargain!
Tags: Collaborations, Friends, Papercraft, Products
A little while back I made a chance encounter with a guy called Chris Rauen through a toy trade.
It turns out that Chris is a very proficient custom figure maker and is currently working on a set of Japanese themed pieces. The theme for the customs is a modern take on feudal Japan, mixing ancient and modern warfare imagery.
When Chris heard that I was an illustrator and knew about Japan, he asked if I’d be willing to come up with some insignia for his characters. As a figure enthusiast I was happy for the chance to work on such an interesting project and set about designing some logos.
Chris’ 3 characters are called “The Fox”, “The Hound” and “The Wolf”. I took my inspiration from Japanese family crests and came up with a set of insignia for each character. I used images of animals from Japanese traditional artwork and religious statues.
I tweaked the results to Chris’ liking and the results can be seen here. The customs are apparently close to completion and the next step will be to integrate my logos into the designs somehow. I will report back when the figures are finished for the full reveal.
その３つのキャラクターの名前は、「The Fox」(狐)、「The Hound」(犬)、と ｢The Wolf｣(狼)。
Tags: Friends, Illustration, Toys
At the end of last year I got an unexpected call from a good friend of mine back home.
He said he wanted to enlist my help in drawing his family crest.
I was very happy to accept as I thought it would be a fun little project and a good way to repay my friend for all his help and support over the years. On top of that I have always been a big fan of the images involved in heraldry.
My friend had done all the research about what symbols and colours were needed and all I had to do was slot it together. Along the way I also learnt a few new bits of heraldic vocabulary such as ‘mascle’ and ‘torse’.
I am pretty pleased with the result and got the thumbs up from my friend too.
He is currently threatening to make polo shirts using the crest for all his family…
Tags: Friends, Illustration
A few weeks ago I went to see a group show called “Permutations” which included the work of some artist friends who I have previously collaborated with on many occasions – namely Adrian Goodhand (photography), Junya Aga (sculpture) and Jeremy Lanig (photography).
They were joined by Mami Nagaoki a professional travel photographer.
The exhibition was held at Gallery MaruR in Kitahama Alley, Takamatsu (previous haunt of my Gravity shows).
I was also kindly invited to join but declined due to lack of time.
I have to say that the result was probably better without my work.
The three walls of the gallery were covered with photos with an intricate hanging instillation in the center making for a perfect balance which fitted the space well.
I apologize that this report is well after the fact but below are a few photos to give you a taste of the show.
Adrian Goodhand（写真）、阿河淳也（スカルプチャー）とJeremy Lanig（写真）。
Tags: Art, Exhibitions, Friends
Apologies for the lack of activity recently.
We returned to England for a month and since then work and family business has kept me very busy.
On top of that my computer died taking some of my artwork along with it…
Anyway, here at last is the finished colour version of “Tatargami” that I introduced a few months ago.
I am currently exhibiting this piece and a few others here in Takamatsu as part of a group art show entitled “Far Away So Close”. It features the work of foreign artists living in my area as well some of our Japanese friends. Many diciplines are represented and I think it makes for a very interesting show.
The exhibition is being held at Salon De Rubis from October 24th until November 27th.
If you happen to be in the area please pop in. Details can be found on the postcards below.
今回の展示会は香川県に住んでいる外国人と知り合いの日本人アーティストによるもので、タイトルは「Far Away So Close」。色んな分野の作品が展示されているので凄く面白いショーになると思う。
ルビー商会の「Salon De Rubis」で１０月２４日～１１月２７日まで開催されています。もし機会があれば是非寄ってください。詳細は以下のポストカードに。
Tags: Art, Exhibitions, Friends, Illustration, Papercraft